Food service students at The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water will be training a state of the art commercial-class kitchen this year thanks to a £100,000 upgrade installed by Space Catering.
The school secured academy status in 2010, which gave it greater autonomy outside of local education authority control, and has used its growing reputation as an outstanding institution to secure additional funding for projects including its kitchen.
“As an Academy Trust, we enjoy greater administrative independence and have already benefited from substantial additional funding. As a result, we can concentrate on providing the very best we can in terms of teaching talent, curriculum enrichment and facilities to enhance the education of our young people,” the school’s principal, Mr. Morgan says in his prospectus.
The Savoy Educational Trust gave the school £25,000 towards the kitchen installation.
"We’ve gone from only 12 to 22 students cooking at once and we’re now geared to a more vocational catering GCSE. A lot of pupils already work in hotels, pubs and restaurants and we felt it was something that would work here," design and technology deputy head Matt Smith, told local web site This is Gloucestershire.